Friday, 10 December 2021
Intricate sword, buckle and arrows in Viking burial
The sword was found in 2015 during excavations of a cemetery at Mayback, Papa Westray, but has only now been identified as one of the heaviest designs of the Viking era
An intricate sword, buckle and arrows are among a treasure trove of goods discovered in a Viking burial in Orkney, dating back around 1,200 years.
The Mayback Viking burial in Papa Westray was first discovered back in 2015, but analysis of the precious items is now well underway.
One of the most exciting items is a sword, which is believed to be a Pederson Type D sword – one of the heaviest Viking weapons.
Andrew Morrison, from AOC Archaeology, said: 'Given very few Viking Age scabbards have survived, the Mayback example is a very important addition.